Inspiration

Original Lord’s Prayer

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Release a space to plant your Presence here.

Envision your “I Can” now.

Embody your desire in every light and form.

Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.

Untie the knots of failure binding us,
as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.

Help us not forget our Source,
Yet free us from not being in the Present.

From you arises every Vision, Power and Song
from gathering to gathering.

Amen. –

May our future actions grow from here! – Translated from the Original Aramaic

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Awaken My Heart

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Holy Spirit,

Giving life to all life,

Moving all creatures,

Root of all things,

Washing them clean,

Wiping out their mistakes,

Healing their wounds,

You are our true life,

Luminous, wonderful,

Awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.

– Hildegarde of Bingen, 1140

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Don’t Just Go Through It, Grow Through It

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An attitude of gratitude can make a profound difference in our day-to-day lives, yet as we all come to know, not every day is filled with good things. We each endure difficult passages: illnesses, money trouble, work woes, relationship issues, the loss of a loved one, and countless others. These are the vicissitudes of life. However, it is the attitude you bring to each situation that makes all the difference. Share what you learned from others through your life lessons and offer it if you think it can be of help to a fellow traveler who is walking a hard path.

– Brenda Knight

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Give Us This Day

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Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day; begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit to be encumbered by your old nonsense.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Before Heaven and Earth

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Empty of all doctrines,
The Tao is wisdom eternally inexhaustible.

Fathomless for the mere intellect,
The Tao is the law wherewith all things come into being.

It blunts the edges of the intellect,
Untangles the knots of the mind,
Softens the glare of thinking,
And settles the dust of thought.

Transparent yet invisible,
The Tao exists like deep pellucid water.

Its origin is unknown,
For it existed before Heaven and Earth

– Lao Tzu, 600 BC

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The Gateway to All Understanding

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The Tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.

The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.

Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.

Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.

This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.

The gateway to all understanding.

– Tao Te Ching

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When Storms of Sorrow Toss My Soul

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When once I mourned a load of sin,
When conscience felt a wound within,
When all my works were thrown away,

When on my knees I knelt to pray,
Then, blissful hour, remembered well,
I learned Thy love, Immanuel!

When storms of sorrow toss my soul,
When waves of care around me roll,
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell,
That word, Thy name, Immanuel !

When for the truth I suffer shame,
When foes pour scandal on my name,
When cruel taunts and jeers abound,
When “bulls of Bashan” gird me round,
Secure within my tower I’ll dwell,
That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel!

When hell, enraged, lifts up her roar,
When Satan stops my path before,
When fiends rejoice, and wait my end,
When legion’d hosts their arrows send,
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle-cry, Immanuel!

When down the hill of life I go,

When o’er my feet death’s waters flow,
When in the deep’ning flood I sink,
When friends stand weeping on the brink,
I’ll mingle with my last farewell,
Thy lovely name, Immanuel!

When tears are banished from mine eye,
When fairer worlds than these are nigh,
When Heaven shall fill my ravish’d sight,
When I shall bathe in sweet delight,
One joy all joys shall far excel,
To see Thy face, Immanuel!

– Charles Spurgeon, 1853

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Walking the Beautiful Trail

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With your feet I walk
I walk with your limbs
I carry forth your body
For me your mind thinks
Your voice speaks for me
Beauty is before me
And beauty is behind me
Above and below me hovers the beautiful
I am surrounded by it
I am immersed in it
In my youth I am aware of it
And in old age I shall walk quietly
The beautiful trail.

– Navajo Song

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You Never Walk Alone

Wherever I go, only Thou!
Wherever I stand, only Thou!
Just Thou, again Thou!
Always Thou!
Thou, Thou, Thou!
When things are good, Thou!
When things are bad, Thou!
Thou, Thou, Thou!

– Hasidic Ode

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Angel Prayer: Novena Prayer to One’s Guardian Angel

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Go, my Angel Guardian dear,
To church for me, the Mass to hear.
Go, kneel devoutly at my place
And treasure for me every grace.
At the Offertory time
Please offer me to God Divine.
All I have and all I am,
Present it with the Precious Lamb.
Adore for me the great Oblation.
Pray for all I hold most dear
Be they far or be they near.
Remember, too, my own dear dead
For whom Christ’s Precious Blood was shed.
And at Communion bring to me
Christ’s Flesh and Blood, my food to be.
To give me strength and holy grace
A pledge to see Him face to face
And when the Holy Mass is done
Then with His blessing, come back home.

– Sisters of His Holy Name

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.